The Un-Men are a group of fictional characters in the DC
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/Vertigo Comics universe
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. Created by the writer/artist team of Len Wein
Len Wein
Len Wein is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics' Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men...

 and Berni Wrightson, the Un-Men made their first appearance in 1972
1972 in comics
-Events:* Marvel Comics forms their British publishing arm, Marvel UK .* Phil Seuling founds East Coast Seagate Distribution, developing the concept of the direct market distribution system for getting comics directly into comic book specialty shops, bypassing the established newspaper/magazine...

, in the first and second issues of the original Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing, a fictional character, is a plant elemental in the created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson. He first appeared in House of Secrets #92 in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century . The Swamp Thing then returned in his own series, set in the contemporary world and in...

comic book series. The characters made subsequent appearances in later issues of Swamp Thing and its successor series, Saga of the Swamp Thing, and in the 1994
1994 in comics
-Year overall:* Huge changes in the marketplace force many retailers and small publishers out of business...

 five-issue Vertigo miniseries, American Freak: A Tale of the Un-Men. In August 2007
2007 in comics
-January:*January 10: Superman & Batman vs. Aliens & Predator released.*January 24: The Boys is canceled with issue #6.-February:*February 2: Newsarama reports that The Boys has been picked up by Dynamite Entertainment....

, Vertigo (DC's "mature readers line") launched The Un-Men, a monthly comic book series chronicling the further exploits these characters.